RAW Vegan Nut Free Basil Pesto

My mama always taught me to use everything I have without waste. She also encouraged me to use it, in as many ways as you can think of. NO WASTE. She was the queen of taking a bag of potatoes and making it breakfast, lunch dinner and a snack and no one complained. My mama’s food was that incredible. Flavor and creativity was her gifts.

I went and bought a bag of GO RAW Sprouted Watermelon Seeds and I have had a field day with these nutritious little protein packed and not to mention delicious seeds. I must say, they do make a wonderful snack, but I think I channelled my mom because my mind starting racing. What else can I use this for? What about a pesto, the seeds can substitute for pine nuts. They have that same buttery, creamy texture as pine nuts, so why not?

This is a great alternative for people who have Nut Allergies. You can now have your basil pesto, without blowing up like a blow fish, or if you are like me, look like you got too much collagen injections in your lips. LOL. 🙂

Well here’s the recipe. I also added it on my RAW Squash Noodles, threw in some tomatoes and a touch of salt and pepper and you have Squash Noodles with Pesto. Oh yes one more thing, I topped it on my Watermelon Gazpacho. Delish!! 

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Ingredients~

4 cups basil
1 cup Go RAW Sprouted Watermelon Seeds
1/2 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste

Directions~
Place the garlic, basil and watermelon seeds in the food processor, and rustically chop.
Slowly add in the olive oil and blend until you achieve your desired consistency.
Then gradually add in salt. Spread on veggies, add to raw vegetable pasta, make it a base on pizza dough, or the base of a raw lettuce wrap. You will have plenty leftover, so enjoy. It keeps in the fridge 3 days.

Blueberry and Lemon Zest Pancakes ~ Gluten Free and Dairy Free

This one is just yummy .

Ingredients:

1 cup ground gluten free oatmeal flakes

1/4 cup oat groats

1 cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp chia seed

1 tsp gluten-free baking powder

¾ tsp salt

1 cup blueberries or frozen blueberries for the pancake mix (organic)

1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk

2 tbsps maple syrup

1/2 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsps softened coconut oil

¼ cup ground flax seeds

Instruction:

1. In a food processor add the oats and flour, blend until you have a flour consistency. Add frozen blueberries and blend until the blueberries are just little specks in the flour. Transfer the flour to a mixing bowl.

2. Add the baking powder and salt.

3. Put maple syrup, vanilla and lemon juice, almond milk, 2 tbsps of the coconut oil, and ground flax seed in a pot on medium low heat and stir until the coconut oil is heated and melted completely.

4. Stir wet ingredients into dry and mix until blended. If the batter is too thick add a little almond milk to thin it out. It should have a nice smooth consistency. Not too thin or too thick.

5. Melt the third tbsp of coconut oil in a pan on medium heat.

6. Add the batter into the heated pan to make 3-4 inch sized pancakes. When the edges start to dry and bubbles start to appear on top, flip the pancakes and cook them on the other side until golden brown. Add them to a platter and top with the Wild Blueberry Maple Syrup and serve.

WILD Blueberry Lemon Zest Maple Syrup

Ingredients

¼ cup real maple syrup

1 1/2 cups organic blueberries (frozen)

1/2 tsp of lemon zest (save some for garnish), just add a pinch or two for the syrup

Instruction:

In a small pan over medium-low heat, simmer the berries for about 2 minutes until some of the

juices evaporate.

Add ¼ cup real maple syrup and lemon zest for about 30 seconds. Allow to cool down for few minutes and add to our pancakes or to some creamy greek yogurt. Serves 6

Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodles with a Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce

I do enjoy this time of the year because of all the wonderful squashes that are available to us. I love to make soups, sautés and pastas from these squashes. My most recent recipe was from last nights dinner. This wonderfully sweet and spicy Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodles with a Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce is divine. Okay, love the adjectives, but this will make you want to slap some body, so eat it alone, LOL. You have been warned.

Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodles with a Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce
Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodles with a Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy and Remember to Set the Table with Love.

* Read this recipe through first in it’s entirety and prepare the dish as follows:

The Noodles:

1 medium Spaghetti Squash ( cut in half and deseeded)

1 1/4 tbsp olive oil (1/4 tbsp to cover the cookie sheet with)

pinch of salt

parchment paper to cover the cookie sheet

Instructions:

Place a little oil on the cookie sheet and line it with the parchment paper. Take the squash halves add the remaining olive oil over top of  the squash with a little sea salt. Lay them cut side face down on the cookie sheet and allow to bake for about 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork. Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle. With a fork, scrape out the spaghetti-like strands and place on your serving platter or plate if you want to eat it all yourself. 🙂  I like to drizzle a little olive oil over the squash and gently toss to loosen them up.

The Fixings

1 tbsp coconut oil ( to sauté veggies)

1 cup snap peas ( washed and patted dry)

1 cup carrots ( peeled and cut in small circles)

1 cup portobello mushrooms ( cleaned and diced)

1 cup red bell peppers ( diced)

1/4 cup cilantro ( chopped, as garnished)

lime zest as garnished

Instructions:

Add oil to a sauté pan over medium high heat. Sauté snap peas and carrots for 2-3 minutes, you want them to still have a crunch. You will cut up the portobello mushrooms and peppers and keep them raw for the dish. The cilantro will be your garnish with a little lime zest (optional). Add the Fixings on top of the squash noodles.

The Cilantro Lime Peanut Sauce

1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled + rough chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tsp sriracha
2 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 lime, peeled + chopped
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tbsp gluten-free soy sauce
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup grapeseed
Dash of salt to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Once blended add the sauce over top the veggies and noodles.  Add cilantro garnish and a little lime zest and Enjoy!